MVP Edwin Victory 5-9 Fr Grand Rapids Christian: Looks ready to give some minutes to spell D1 junior Duane Washington for the No. 3 Class A team in Michigan. As fast as any guard at camp with the ball. Country Day’s Wendell Green scores it better, though Victory has similar talent as a small guard and like Green is a top 10 overall incoming freshman.
“No one could stay in front of him, he got to the rim at will,” a coach said. “Great in an open court game. Was especially efficient in the pick-and-roll game. Sometimes got caught too deep on over penetration. Streak shooter with awkward form who needs to work on consistency in his form from long range to get better results.”
Noah Baylis 5-11 Fr Holly: Played with freedom, feel and deep eager range. Mixed in some slick passes amidst the jumpers.
“Will he be the next big scoring frosh for Holly?” a coach asked. “He shot the hell out of it all damn day.”
“A solid all-around player,” said another coach. “Had no problem knocking down the open J. Very high IQ. Could sacrifice some flash for efficiency in certain situations. Needs to play harder on defense.”
“This incoming freshman was finally playing against his age group,” added a third coach. “He shot the ball extremely well all day including 5-for-5, most off the dribble, in one game. Had his teammates standing cheering by the last one. Also mixed in some floaters and dimes to big man Nolan Foster.”
Mark Miller 6-3 Fr Grand Blanc: Tough, talented Flintstone.
Said one coach: “To be blunt and to the point, he was very good. Total package.”
“A poor man’s version of a young Lamarcus Aldridge,” said another. “Very smart running the floor. He’s smart and elusive enough to avoid picking up charges while still finishing at the rim. Very nice inside-outside game in the half-court. Can defend any position on the perimeter. Continued growth and athletic development, and this kid could be special.”
Vernon Nash 5-7 Fr Muskegon: A clerical error had him in the wrong drill group, but once we saw how Nash was competing even against opponents a year older and eight or nine inches taller. Typical tough Muskegon kid that way. Skilled and smart enough to make the right decisions and pass on the move. Also able to run a half-court offense patiently, though he too often settled for shots in the last game.
Noah Pruitt 5-8 Fr Okemos: He was talented but young and small at last year’s camp. Now with a bit of size and a summer season of varsity ball behind him and Pruitt is tougher and more able to execute. Projecting how much experience he’ll get over the next four years in one of the state’s top three leagues, Pruitt should be highly recruited as an upperclassman.
“Quick, very solid pass-first point guard,” a coach said. “He was very scrappy on defense and didn’t seem to mind mixing it up with anyone. One of the best on-ball defenders in camp. Knocked down open shots. Sometimes got caught inside with nowhere to go because of over-penetration.”
“Very heady, solid, quick point guard that plays hard,” said another. “Plays excellent defense. Needs a little work on the 3 ball to round out his superior all-around game and athleticism.”
Jarvis “Jay” Walker 6-0 Fr Muskegon Mona Shores: Comes from a basketball family, a pedigree which was apparent with how he attacked drills and competed in games. Baby faced Laval Lucas Perry type who thus surprises you making athletic plays.
“Maybe not in the layup line, then wows you once the game starts,” said a coach. “Very steady guard who is not afraid of anything. One of the best on-ball defenders at camp. Has a knack for getting his shot off in traffic and displayed a solid mid-range game. His shot from deep will have to improve for him to thrive at the varsity level, and beyond.”